Honkai Star Rail: Best Light Cones [First-Hand Experience]

I played for 800+ hours and here are my recommendations for the best Light Cones to use during battle!

Honkai Star Rail’s best Light Cones are the absolute peak attachments you can get for your in-game best characters in Star Rail. These cones act as enhancements and you can usually find them via world exploration, challenges, quests, or progressing the story. And as for the benefits, they can drastically increase your’s characters attributes like strength, recovery, and general overall quality, while also adding unique skills to your special attacks.

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Key Takeaways
  • There are roughly over 60 unique Light Cones in Honkai Star Rail, each exclusive to a specific Path in Honkai Star Rail. 
  • Light Cones act as attachments that improve character stats like ATK, DEF, and HP. SPD, and Crit Rate, while also adding some unique special abilities, also known as Superimposition.
  • Upgrading a Light Cone improves its base stat figures as well as its Superimposition ability.
  • After obtaining a Light Cone, players can equip it by simply heading into their Characters’ Menu via the Shortcut Wheel, going to the Light Cones’ tab of their character, and selecting from a list of available items.

Honkai Star Rail Best Light Cones 

Below listed is a summarized version of the best Lightcones for each Path:

Honkai Star Rail Best Light Cones PathsBest Light ConesReason for ChoosingBest For
HarmonyBut The Battle Isn't Over, Memories Of The Past. Energy Regen LCsEnergy Regen
EruditionBefore Dawn, Night of the Milky Way. AoE Based damage LCs-
DestructionOn The Fall of an Aeon, Something IrreplaceableHigh attack enhancementAttack enhancement
HuntIn The Night, Sleep like the DeadCrit-based LCsCrit
NihilityIn the name of the World.DoT-based LCsDebuffing enemies
AbundanceTime Waits For No OneHealing-based LCsHealing
PreservationTextures of Memory, Moment of VictoryTank LCsTanking

The Harmony

Harmony Path characters that are playable focus on applying buffs to both themselves and their allies. This includes adding certain passive and active enhancements that either have an immediate effect or set themselves up for the next round. As such, the Light Cones for this class will highlight that aspect and give your team composition that can work unique powerups mid-combat.

But The Battle Isn’t Over

The Energy Regen LC.
  • When it comes to applying buffs to yourself and your teammates, nothing does it better than this Light Cone.
  • This item, once equipped, increases your Energy Regeneration Rate by a respectable 10%.
  • Apart from that, you also recover 1 Skill Point after using your Ultimate on an ally, but this ability is limited to occur once every 2 Ultimate uses.
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But the Battle Isnt Over Light Cone (Screenshot by eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This Lightcone: It is able to increase the Energy Regeneration for characters. 

Memories Of The Past

  • Memories of the Past is a powerful 4-Star Light Cone that increases your Break efficiency by 28%.
  • Furthermore, all of your attacks can now regenerate 4 Energy, but this ability only activates once per turn.

The Erudition

The Erudition Path has one of the largest groups of characters in its class. As such, it’s likely you’ll be having at least 1 or 2 of them on your team. The attacks used in this path primarily deal with AoE damage in my opinion.

Before Dawn

  • While this 4-Star Light Cone is generally considered niche since characters rarely have follow-ups, it is extremely useful for those who do.
  • It increases the wearer’s Crit DMG by 32% which goes up to 64% once fully upgraded.
  • Furthermore, your Skill/Ultimate DMG boosts by 20%, which you can also upgrade to 40%.
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Before Dawn Light Cone (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

Night Of The Milky Way

  • If you find yourself in a long, multi-phase fight against fodder enemies and bosses, this is the best attachment for the arena.
  • Depending on how many enemies are on the field, your ATK increases by 9%, which further stacks up five times.
  • However, this Light Cone shines when you pair it alongside a team focused on depleting an enemy’s Toughness meter.
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Night on the Milky Way Light Cone (Image Captured by eXputer)

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The Destruction

If you’ve been playing Genshin or any gacha games, you’ll likely refer to this Path as the DPS to use during combat class. Destruction characters have the highest damage potency of any other character in Honkai Star Rail after I tried it.

On The Fall Of Aeon

The Best Attack Enhancing LC.
  • For DPS characters looking to boost their damage numbers by a considerable margin, this 5-Star Light Cone will easily do the trick.
  • On the Fall of an Aeon is primarily focused on damage output, increasing your ATK stat by 8% per turn and stacking up to 4 times.
  • Additionally, if you inflict a Break on an enemy, the ATK further increases by 12% for the next two turns.
on the fall of aeon cone
On The Fall of Aeon Light Cone (Image by eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This Lightcone: It is able to enhance the attack output during combat which can help defeat enemies. 

Something Irreplaceable

  • If you have a DPS character that’s clearly the highlight of your team, you’ll want to pair them up with this attachment.
  • “Something Irreplaceable” is an extremely powerful 5-Star Light Cone that increases the wearer’s ATK by 24%.
  • When the wearer defeats an enemy or takes damage, this Light Cone also lets them restore 8% of their total ATK as health.
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Something Irreplaceable Light Cone (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)

The Hunt

The Hunt is another Path where characters in this class are mainly considered DPS. However, unlike Destruction, The Hunt prioritizes Crit DMG and Crit Rate, 2 attributes that can let your character do considerably more damage per turn as I have tested it. 

In The Night

The Best Crit-Based LC.
  • In The Night is a great offense-based attachment for raising a character’s overall Crit Ratio, as this 5-Star Cone increases your Crit rate by 18%.
  • This incentive is further complimented by the +12% Crit DMG boost from the Light Cone, which you can stack up to 6 times.
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In The Night Light Cone (Screenshot taken by eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This Lightcone: Crit enhancement can be provided using the LightCone which comes handy while fighting in the overworld. 

Sleep Like The Dead

  • “Sleep like the Dead” is another 5-Star increases the wearer’s Crit DMG by 30%, going up to 50% with a full upgrade.
  • If the wearer’s base and/or skill attack does not make a Crit attack in the current round, your chances of getting the next turn are significantly increased, with a +36% Crit Rate, also peaking at 60% once you push it to Level 5.
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Sleep like the Dead Light Cone (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

The Nihility

Unlike the previous Paths, Nihility doesn’t necessarily focus on strengthening your team. Instead, players in this class are expected to debuff enemy attacks and reduce their overall lethality as per my opinion. 

In The Name Of The World

The Best Debuff LC.
  • If your team is exclusively reliant on debuffs, this is one of Honkai Star Rail’s best Light Cones for that play style.
  • In the Name of the World is quite a niche for a 5-Star item but still works extremely well with debuff-focused teams.
  • When an enemy is debuffed, the character with this Light Cone gets a +24% ATK boost.
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In the Name of the World Light Cone (Image Source: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This Lightcone: It can provide an attack boost after debuffing enemies. 

The Abundance

Characters with the Abundance Path mainly serve as healers for Star Rail and support characters in Honkai Star Rail. Therefore, the Light Cones for this path should either exclusively amplify their role or add quality buffs to make them even more powerful as an individual character as per my experience.

Time Waits For No One

The Best Healing LC
  • This is easily one of the best attachments in Honkai Star Rail for raising your HP, as the Light Cone’s wearer gets a +18% boost to their max HP as well as a +12% increase to their outgoing healing.
  • On the other hand, this item can indirectly improve your damage output based on your healing ability.
healer light cone
Time Waits for No One Light Cone (Screenshot taken by eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This Lightcone: It is the best light cone since it can provide healing output. 

Echoes Of The Coffin

  • Echoes of the Coffin is a 5-Star Light Cones that initially increases your ATK by 20%.
  • Additionally, after using your ultimate attack, all the members in your party gain +16 SPD for the next turn.
  • As a recovery bonus, you also gain+5 Energy for each target of your attacks.
  • However, this bonus is capped to an extent since you can recover Energy three times at maximum with chained attacks.

The Preservation

Characters from the Preservation Path are another form of support characters that improve the durability of both themselves and their allies. And as you’ll see, the items and attachments, including Light Cones, from this class showcase and strengthen those factors in my opinion.

Textures Of Memory

  • This Light Cone increased the wearer’s Effect resistance by 8%.
  • Additionally, If an attacker deals damage to the wearer while the wearer does not have an active shield, the wearer’s armor will activate a shield worth 16% of their total HP for the next 2 turns, although this effect only applies once per 3 turns.

Moment Of Victory

The Best Tank LC.
  • Moment of Victory is the only 5-Star Light Cone on this list and one of the only items in Honkai Star Rail that directly increases DEF.
  • This Light Cone increases your DEF as well as your Effect Hit Rate by 24%, both of which go up to 40% each once you’ve upgraded the item to Level 5.
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Moment of Victory Light Cone (Image Source: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This Lightcone: It is able to protect players during combat by reducing incoming damage. 

My Thoughts On The Best Lightcones In Star Rail 

After spending 800+ hours playing Honkai Star Rail, I believer that the Time Waits For No One and Moment of Victory might be one of the best Lightcones as it can assist with both healing as well as Preservation during combat. 

Check out the Honkai Star Rail Character Ranking to match your best Light Cones with the right teammates. Besides that, use your discovered attachments to easily take out mobs like the Warp Trotters and gain exciting rewards. And for learning more about Honkai Star Rail’s mechanics, here’s a guide on Star Rail’s all Elements.

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Mina is a Senior Guides Writer and a fanatic who’s obsessed with playing games and writing about them. She’s invested more than 2,500 hours in games like Genshin Impact and Honkai Star Rail. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, she loves to write detailed guides for beginners and pros in the Gacha Games world. You can follow Mina's gaming activity on her Steam and PSN Profiles.

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